Doctors of chiropractic who want to sign up for the new national registry of certified medical examiners for the transportation industry can now access quality training programs and resources available in cities across the country. This was announced by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and TeamCME in the wake of the release of a final rule on a new safety program by United States Department of Transportation (DOT).
Under the new safety program, healthcare professionals who conduct medical examinations for drivers of interstate trucks and buses are required to undergo training, testing and acquire certification on the specific physical qualifications that affect a driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Those who have passed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) certification process will be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, a national online database of medical examiners.
The DOT’s final rule specifically identified doctors of chiropractic in the country as a provider group that may participate in the program. ACA President Keith Overland, DC said, “This is a great opportunity for our profession to make a major contribution to public safety, while performing as primary providers and building their practices.”
The chiropractic profession is poised to take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to respond to a pressing public health need. ACA and TeamCME have been collaborating for years to prepare a certified DOT medical examiner program. DOT is expected to need 40,000 medical examiners to accommodate the demands of the commercial transportation industry.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is the largest professional association representing doctors of chiropractic in the United States. TeamCME, LLC, is a national network of FMCSA Medical Examiners and FAA Aviation Medical Examiners.